Robert and Dorise (Grundner) Johnson celebrated their 74th anniversary at London House in Sonoma with a small intimate group of family and friends.
The couple met on a blind date to a high school football rally. They dated for a year-and-a-half before getting married on Oct. 21, 1939, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Fort Bragg.
They moved from Berkeley to Sonoma in 1948 and resided there for 61 years before moving to Oakmont in 2009. Dorise worked as a bridal consultant at the Emporium department store for 20 years until her retirement. Bob served in the Navy, stationed in the South Pacific, where he fought in the Battle of Okinawa. He was employed at Farrel's Sonoma Mill and Lumber Co. as a manager.
They enjoy dancing, bike riding, golf and hiking. They have also been active in the Trinity Church, the Sonoma Valley Vintage Festival, and the Moose Lodge. Robert has been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and SIRS.
Dorise was active in the Sonoma schools. She was one of the first to organize an all-night graduation party. Her daughter, Leanne, said of the event arranged for the 104 students in the Sonoma Valley Union High School class of '58, "It was a huge success and featured a raffle, prizes and bands."
They enjoy travel and have been to the following places: British Isles; Australia; New Zealand; Mexico; Canada; many European and Middle Eastern countries; and many U.S. states.
Family members include: Leanne Retana, and her husband, Ronald, of Santa Rosa; and son, Russell Johnson and his wife, Lonna Kay, of Parkdale, Ore. They have five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Their advice for a long and happy marriage is to have fun and enjoy doing things together, especially dancing.
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